COVID-19 Update from President Roberts
Thank you for your patience, support, and understanding as we move forward during these difficult days as we hope to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus and COVID-19.
With the safety of our students, faculty, staff and the larger community in mind, we have come to the difficult but appropriate decision to move all classes for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester to an online format. Originally, we had hoped to do this for only a two-week period. Instructors will be in touch regarding the transition to online classes. Students who have not previously completed the technology survey are encouraged to do so.
We have previously advised students in on-campus residences to return to their permanent residences in an effort to follow the Centers for Disease Control social-distancing guidance. We recognize some students may have extenuating circumstances. If this is true of your situation, we will work with you on a case-by-case basis, so please follow the application process below at https://apply.bradley.edu/register/sp20breakhousing. Originally, there was a 1 p.m. deadline for today on these applications; this deadline has been extended to 1 p.m. Friday, March 20.
For students looking to move out of on-campus residences, we ask for your patience while we evaluate the situation. In the meantime, rest assured your possessions are safe. More information will be provided about this process in the future. We are also looking into appropriate adjustments regarding room and board costs for students.
We have decided to cancel our formal Commencement program for Saturday, May 16. We know this is disappointing, especially for our graduating seniors and their families. We will work with students and faculty to find a way to celebrate your accomplishments in a meaningful way.
Bradley is also moving much of its operations to an alternative workplace scenario Thursday, March 19 until further notice. We encourage telecommuting for staff wherever possible. We will communicate more details to staff today.
With a limited number of employees on campus, most buildings will be locked to the public during business hours. All employees will have their usual access. Students will not have access to campus buildings at this time, but we will develop a plan to allow access at a later date.
We have heard from many about concerns regarding job security. Please know we are committed to getting through this together with as little disruption to our workforce as possible.
There is so much happening that we do not have all the answers right now. We know actions taken out of an abundance of caution can feel stressful, but it has been our sincere desire to do the best to support you through these challenging times.
These are not decisions we want to make and we understand some may be disappointing. We have, however, come to these decisions with the best interest of the Bradley family as our top priority.
As further decisions are made, we will keep you posted. Stay tuned to your email and the bradley.edu/coronavirus website.
–Sent to the Bradley family on 03/18/2020
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